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June 17
Governor appoints Dr. Sara Cate to Yakima Valley Community College Board of Trustees

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Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. Sara Cate to the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Sara Cate earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Swarthmore College and a master's degree in public health – epidemiology from the University of Michigan before attending the University of Washington's School of Medicine where she also completed her residency training. She has worked as a family physician in Ellensburg and Yakima for the past 22 years. She also serves as a faculty at Central Washington Family Medicine's residency program.

Dr. Cate is passionate about teaching: from caring for her patients to mentoring medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and Family Medicine residents, Dr. Cate is dedicated to helping train the next generation of medical professionals.

Dr. Cate also strongly believes in Yakima Valley Community College and its efforts to provide access to quality education and career pathways particularly for those with limited resources.  "I want to work to ensure that the education provided in this community is exceptional and accessible," stated Dr. Cate.

She and her husband Dr. Russell Maier live in Yakima. She is an avid hiker who loves to spend her free time with her family and her two dogs exploring the beautiful landscape of Central Washington.

Dr. Cate's term of office is effective June 12, 2015 until September 30, 2019. 

June 15
Adult Family Home Orientation – August 20, 2015

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College will offer an Adult Family Home Orientation on August 20, 2015. This one-day orientation will provide an overview of the Adult Family Home program and expectations of the Adult Family home licensee in providing care and services to the residents in a licensed home setting. It will also include a brief overview of the process prospective providers will follow in obtaining an Adult Family Home license. The orientation will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm in YVCC's Deccio Higher Education Center, Parker Room, on the Yakima Campus. The cost is $29. Deadline to register is August 19, 2015.

How to Register:

Step 1: Go to YVCC's Deccio Higher Education Center Located at 1000 S. 12th Avenue

Step 2: Complete the walk-in registration form

Step 3: Pay the course fee at the Cashier's Office

If you live outside the Yakima area:

Participants can request a walk-in registration be mailed or emailed by calling 509.574.4600. Return the filled out registration form along with tuition payment in the form of a check or money order to:

YVCC Registration Office

PO Box 22520

Yakima, WA 98907-2520 ​

The Adult Family Home Orientation is offered at a variety of times throughout the year. For more information contact 509.574.4911 or

June 12
Truck Driving Training July 6-August 13, 2015

​Grandview Campus- Yakima Valley Community College will hosts Truck Driving Training from July 6 to August 13, 2015. YVCC's Truck Driver Training summer course consists of a six week training program. Participants will experience both classroom and hands-on training, and have the opportunity to take the Washington State Class A and Class B CDL exam. The cost is $4,200 for Class A, or Class A and B; or $2,100 for Class B. Classes are scheduled for Monday – Thursday from 7:00am to 4:00pm.

Courses are administered by Driver Training & Solutions, LLC. Driver Training & Solutions, LLC is a private CDL career training school that provides small class size, excellent instructors, quality instruction, and job placement assistance. For more information on the training program visit

How to Register: Those interested in attending this training course must schedule a meeting with YVCC WorkFirst Coordinator Kayla Crawford no later than June 26, 2015. For more information contact 509.574.4745 /

For more information about Truck Driving Training at YVCC visit the Career Connection Center website at​

June 08
86th Commencement Ceremony - June 11th

​Yakima Valley Community College will host its 86th Commencement Ceremony on June 11, 2015 at 7:00pm on Parker Faller Field on the YVCC Yakima Campus. The graduating class of 2015 includes 1,054 students ranging in age 17 to 66. Twenty of the students are Veterans and 86 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an associate degree. The college will award a total of 1,188 degrees and certificates including transfer degrees, professional/technical degrees, and certificates.

This year's keynote address will be presented by Mr. Jeff Charbonneau and the student commencement speech will be delivered by YVCC graduate Ms. Michelle Radder. The college also honors faculty and outstanding community members with the following awards:

  • Emeritus Faculty Award: Ms. Kathryn Bauer; retired YVCC Counselor and Instructor

  • Sherrie and Daryl Parker Faculty Award: Mr. Martin Meister; YVCC Mathematics Instructor

  • Distinguished Service Award: Mr. Craig Dwight; Principal/Director Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

The Yakima Valley Community College Foundation has the tradition of presenting two awards during the commencement ceremony:

  • Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching: Mr. Eric Anderson; YVCC Anthropology Instructor

  • Classified Employee of the Year: Mr. De'Andre Sanders; YVCC Information Technology Specialist I

The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association will honor an alum. This year's award recipient is:

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award: Dr. Margit McGuire; Professor of Teacher Education at Seattle University​

Tickets are required for entry. For additional details, including complete bios and photographs of the speakers and award recipients visit

June 02
Summer Athletic Camps

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College's Athletic Department hosts Summer Athletic Camps and Tournaments. Looking for something engaging for your child to do during summer break? Sign them up to attend one of YVCC's athletic activities!

Soccer Camp: Individual skills boys and girls soccer camp. Dribble…Shoot…Score!!! Kids will learn the fundamentals of age appropriate skills. This program is designed to teach and improve basic soccer skills, provide a positive experience, and encourage sportsmanship.  This camp is open to children ages 6 to 16. The cost is $60/person for the entire camp or $25 daily. This year we will offer camps in Yakima in the Mid-Valley!  

Session 1: June 16-18, 2015


Location: YVCC's Soccer Field

Session 2: June 23-25, 2015


Location: Zillah's Middle School Soccer Field

For more information contact: Coach Monahan at 360.903.8069, Coach Pineda at 509.379.9723 or Coach Kromah at 612.298.3011.

YVCC soccer camp 2015.pdf 


Attack the Rack Basketball Camp: Join us for four productive days of offensive skill development. Drills will focus on basic and advanced fundamentals: reading defenders, shooting, finishing, handling, playing with contact, footwork, ect. Camp is open to all ages and abilities. We have plenty of great coaches on hand to ensure every player is challenged. This is a high-energy, enthusiastic camp. Lace 'em up, challenge yourself, have fun, and improve. Cost is $80/person.​

June 29, 2015- July 2, 2015


Location: YVCC Sherar Gym​

For more information contact: Coach Oldham at 509.574.4726. To register visit

YVCC basketball camps 2015.pdf 


Volleyball Camp: Individual skills volleyball camps. This camp targets all beginning, intermediate, and advanced players who would like to improve their skills and abilities. Each camper will receive instruction in the latest techniques for setting, passing, serving, spiking, blocking, resistance training, and defense. Basic team concepts of offense and defense will also be covered. Cost is $90.00/person per session or $170/person for both sessions. Fee includes a t-shirt. 

Session 1: July 6-9, 2015


Grades 4-8

Location: YVCC's Sherar Gymnasium ​


Grades 9-10

Location: YVCC's Sherar Gymnasium



Open Gym Play

Location: YVCC's Sherar Gymnasium


Session 2: July 27-30, 2015


Grades 4-8

Location: YVCC's Sherar Gymnasium



Grades 9-10

Location: YVCC's Sherar Gymnasium



Open Gym Play

Location: YVCC's Sherar Gymnasium


For more information contact: Coach Rogers at 509.574.4729 or 509.952.0372.

YVCC volleyball camps 2015.pdf 



Basketball Tournament: Join YVCC's Basketball Program for the 2015 Summer Showdown Tournaments. Enjoy great competition and test your skills against players from the Yakima Valley.

Tournament 1: July 10-12, 2015

Location: YVCC & Yakima Area Schools

Tournament 2: July 17-19, 2015

Location: YVCC & Yakima Area Schools​

For more information contact: Coach Oldham at 509.574.4726.

YVCC tourney brochure 2015.pdf

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